Monkey Mia & Shark Bay, WA: Destination Guide

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Enchanting and exciting, Monkey Mia and Shark Bay are beautiful west coast marvels that deal in blue skies, sunshine and natural wonders.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Monkey Mia and Shark Bay or find and book accommodation in Monkey Mia and Shark Bay today.

About Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is a popular destination for tourists and travellers, as it is one of the few places in the world that meets all four of the natural criteria for a World Heritage listing. Located by the formidably named Shark Bay on the Peron Peninsula, Monkey Mia is a beautiful holiday option all year round.

Things to do in Monkey Mia

Unequivocally the biggest attraction in Monkey Mia is the chance to come face to face with some friendly bottlenose dolphins. Up to three times a day, a pod of dolphins will swim up to the shore, allowing for visitors to take part in hand feeding these wild animals. Beyond these dolphin encounters, Monkey Mia offers stunning beaches, rugged national parks, and a plethora of day trip opportunities.

Attractions in Monkey Mia

Shark Bay

This World Heritage site boasts a wide range of bushwalking and 4WDing opportunities, and is a popular spot for water activities such as sea-kayaking, snorkelling, and swimming. Nature lovers will also relish a trip to Shark Bay after the winter rains, as the bay can produce the wildflowers Western Australia is renowned for like nowhere else in the country.

Francois Peron National Park

Most of the Francois Peron National Park is a 4WDers paradise, offering as it does red dunes and shrub land surrounded by turquoise waters. There are ample bushwalking, boating and fishing opportunities, and nature lovers will be treated to a range of native and endangered birds and wildlife.


Denham is Australia’s most westerly town, and boasts a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The town is also a perfect launch pad from which to enjoy much of the region, including visiting Steep Point, mainland Australia’s westernmost point known for providing some of the best shore-based game fishing in the country. A wildlife cruise to Dirk Hartog Island is also sure to delight as it will offer glimpses of dolphin, dugongs, whales, turtles and other marine life.


Monkey Mia experiences warm summers and mild winters.

Getting to Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is located about 850km north of Perth and 24km from Denham.

By car

To reach Monkey Mi and Shark Bay by car, you'll need to take the North West Coastal Highway most of the way, then turn off for the final 151km.

By air

Skippers Aviation operate regular flights to the Monkey Mia airport from Perth, which take two and half hours.

When to visit Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia can be visited comfortably any time of the year, however if you are looking to head out on to the water it is best to avoid the summer months when the strong southerly winds create surface chop.

Where to stay in Monkey Mia

A number of accommodation choices exist in Monkey Mia and Denham. For more accommodation options in and around Monkey Mia click here.

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